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Summer Beach Weekends

Whether you want adrenaline-pumping action or a quiet away-from-it-all weekend break, Britain's beautiful coastline will spoil you for choice.

Quiet seaside villages in Carmarthenshire are steeped in history while Scotland's popular resort of Rothesay offers sea kayaking trips around the sheltered Kyles of Bute.

Enjoy our top suggestions below and get inspired to plan a weekend getaway today!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach 177 (c) Roller Coaster Philosophy via Flickr
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Ride the Big One at Blackpool!

Blackpool is a great choice for a weekend break whatever the weather. The famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the UK's top attraction for visitors with the biggest and scariest roller coaster ride - the Big One.

Riding The Big One Blackpool (c) Roller Coaster Philosophy via Flickr
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The iconic Blackpool Tower and Circus has lots to do and a one-day pass is the best way to enjoy the Tower Circus, Jungle Jims play area, the Tower Ballroom and some great views from the 380-foot-high observation deck.

Sea Life Blackpool has over 200 weird and wonderful marine creatures and a Walkthrough Ocean Tunnel.

Alternatively, enjoy a walk along the famous promenade and beach.

Central Pier has a wonderful programme of theatre entertainment as well as being home to the Ferris Wheel and if you have time, there's always the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Ride the Surf at Newquay

Pre -Surfing At Newquay (c) Garfey via Flickr
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Cornwall may seem a long way to go for a weekend, but not if you fly! Flybe offers cheap flights from Manchester and London and other airports have seasonal flights to Newquay.

Watergate Bay is just outside Newquay town centre and attracts surfers and windsurfers.

The Extreme Academy offers equipment hire and lessons in all sorts of watersports, from stand-up paddlesurfing to kite surfing and hand planing.

If you prefer to spectate, there's always plenty to see from your deckchair on the two miles of golden sand.

After dark, dine out in style at Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's social enterprise restaurant.

Walking and Theatre at Porthcurno, Cornwall

The South West Coast Path (c) Hardo Muller via Flickr
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Mix culture with the best of Cornish scenery with a weekend at Porthcurno.

This beautiful cove on the south coast of Cornwall has golden sands and water so clear you can see the fish swimming in it!

Take a strenuous walk along the scenic South West Coast Path before indulging in Cornish pasties and rich Cornish clotted cream scones!

Checkout what's on at the unique open-air Minack Theatre.

With a dramatic backdrop of cliffs and waves far below, this stunning amphitheatre is a memorable experience

Porthcurno Beach (c) Steve Parker via Flickr
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to see drama and music beneath the stars, but do take a cushion - the concrete and grass seats are unforgiving!

Unspoilt Natural Beauty at Studland Bay

Just south of Poole Harbour, and easily accessed from Sandbanks by a chain ferry, Studland Bay and Nature Reserve is a gorgeous four-mile stretch of unspoilt coastline managed by The National Trust. Popular for watersports and horse riding, there are views beyond the white chalk formations known as Old Harry Rocks to the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

Take a stroll beyond the sand dunes to find native wildlife, birds, insects and deer as well as wild flowers on the protected heathland. Dogs are welcome too, on certain areas of the beach, so make sure you include ALL the family in your summer beach weekend getaway!.

View From Golden Cap (c) Reading Tom via Flickr
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Minack Theatre Porthcurno Cornwall (c) Vicki Burton via Flickr
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